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The Columbia Lion’s mission is to widen the circle of accepted discourse within the Columbia community. We strive to create a more intellectually-inclusive and stimulating environment by allowing all respectful discussion and debate to be heard, whether it be in line with the beliefs of the majority of community members or not. The Columbia Lion provides an environment for regulated yet unrestricted social interaction, a multiplicity of multimedia sources to encourage discourse, and a stable platform for discussion. The Lion strives to enhance the Columbia community by building on the spirit of open discourse that is that at the heart of every Columbian. ---------------- Check us out: www.columbialion.com www.facebook.com/RoarertheLion www.twitter.com/TheColumbiaLion www.instagram.com/TheColumbiaLion [email protected]

Mission: To inspire the Columbia community to create and share stories that matter.

"It is by abiding by this mantra I’ve discovered the audiovisual intensity of Faulkner to be found in Aronofsky’s cresce...
04/17/2018
VI. On Susan Sontag and “Good Art”

"It is by abiding by this mantra I’ve discovered the audiovisual intensity of Faulkner to be found in Aronofsky’s crescendos, the minimalist serenity and ennui of Hemingway in Antonioni, and the hypnotic allure of flawed (but painfully realistic) characters from Tolstoy in Kieslowski."

http://columbialion.com/vi-on-susan-sontag-and-good-art/

In a footnote from her essay “Against Interpretation,” Susan Sontag refers to film as a “subdivision of literature.” Now, I have never been one to uphold any kind of “hierarchy of the arts” (of wha…

Mark your calendars! This Thursday from 5 - 8 pm is Surf and Turf!
04/17/2018

Mark your calendars! This Thursday from 5 - 8 pm is Surf and Turf!

Important Surf & Turf update: We've relocated the event to Lerner Auditorium in Lerner Hall. The shrimp boat will be just as big and the food will be just as delicious! See you Thursday!

Don’t miss Sylvia’s tonight!
02/20/2018

Don’t miss Sylvia’s tonight!

We are pleased to share that Sylvia's Restaurant will be back on campus tonight for a Meet & Eat at John Jay. Chef Kenneth Woods will be serving up his soul food specialties including mac & cheese, waffles & sausage, grits, sweet potato pie, and much more! Plus, a chance to win prizes.

Columbia University Dining
02/14/2018

Columbia University Dining

For all of you late diners, beginning February 16th, Ferris Booth will be open until 9:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays!

The Women's March is TODAY! #metoo
01/20/2018

The Women's March is TODAY! #metoo

Looking to help develop open-source products for the Columbia community? In partnership with ADI, we are now able to off...
01/12/2018
thecolumbialion/coffeecu

Looking to help develop open-source products for the Columbia community? In partnership with ADI, we are now able to offer academic credit for working on projects like Coffee at Columbia (github.com/thecolumbialion/coffeecu).

To learn more, visit the ADI Labs application: http://bit.ly/adi-labs

coffeecu - A way for Columbia students to meet new people.

The Varsity Show
01/08/2018

The Varsity Show

Congratulations to Varsity Show alumna Greta Gerwig​ (Actor, V110 and V111) on winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy for her film Lady Bird tonight! We are so proud and honored by her continued excellence in and contribution to the arts.

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The NLRB has officially certified Columbia's Graduate Union dismissing Columbia's appeal.
12/18/2017

The NLRB has officially certified Columbia's Graduate Union dismissing Columbia's appeal.

The National Labor Relations Board has certified our union, now Columbia must come to the bargaining table! We have known this all along, Columbia it's time to respect our democratic vote and start bargaining!

Read the full decision here: https://columbiagradunion.org/app/uploads/NLRB-Board-Certification-20171218.pdf

#WeAreWorkers #CUBargainNow

"By my last reckoning, somewhere around 20% of Butler Library’s recycling bins are now affected in some way by this dece...
12/18/2017
Recyclegate

"By my last reckoning, somewhere around 20% of Butler Library’s recycling bins are now affected in some way by this deceitful disease." - Ben Dubow

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There’s a conspiracy afoot—and it’s a big one. At the heart of so many of the problems that plague our campus—stress, anxiety, the impossibility of ever making a real choice­—this monster crouches,…

12/14/2017
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Columbia College

Congratulations to the newest members of the Columbia family: the Columbia College and Columbia Engineering Class of 2022! We can't wait to meet you. #Roar2022

"Orgo Night is a living demonstration of how a peculiar tradition can provide some needed stress relief ... that generat...
12/07/2017
Requiem for Orgo Night

"Orgo Night is a living demonstration of how a peculiar tradition can provide some needed stress relief ... that generations of Columbia alumni share as a common memory."

http://columbialion.com/requiem-for-orgo-night/

People inherently long to be part of a group, a village, a community. For communities to endure, they must have a history, and each generation must perpetuate the traditions of the past and pass th…

It's 2 PM! The Food Fight is going to begin--head over to Lerner Hall!
12/06/2017

It's 2 PM! The Food Fight is going to begin--head over to Lerner Hall!

TODAY is the DAY! And there are TWO opportunities to get in on the fun! Meet Chef Marcus Samuelsson at John Jay and watch our teams battle it out during the Food Fight at Lerner Hall.

Given the similarities between mice and men, it’s reasonable to expect that the mouse and human hippocampus are doing si...
12/04/2017
What does the Hippocampus Do? A Tale of Mice and Men

Given the similarities between mice and men, it’s reasonable to expect that the mouse and human hippocampus are doing similar things. So why are their scopes of research so radically different?

http://columbialion.com/what-does-the-hippocampus-do-a-tale-of-mice-and-men/

Image courtesy of Laura Elizabeth Hand, CC’19 The hippocampus is one of those brain regions that pops up again and again in popular science literature, and for good reason. Most people associ…

"We still all have a desire to love and be answered, and The Band’s Visit is such an important musical because it remind...
12/04/2017
In The Band’s Visit, Broadway’s Profound (yet subtle) New Musical

"We still all have a desire to love and be answered, and The Band’s Visit is such an important musical because it reminds us of just that. "

http://columbialion.com/in-the-bands-visit-broadways-profound-yet-subtle-new-musical/

Photo by Matthew Murphy When Dina (played by Katrina Lenk) beautifully sings “Welcome to Nowhere,” a song introducing the audience to the show’s location, she doesn’t portray it to be one of the mo…

12/04/2017
Columbia University Dining

The Battle of the Columbia University Dining Halls is not an event to miss! We know that as a student judge, past Lion Editor-in-Chief Will Essilfie will make sure the best dining hall wins 💪

Meet our panel of student judges and correspondents who will participate in the Food Fight event next week! Who will win? #FerrisForever #JJsFam #TeamJohnJay

"The Last Jedi will be the latest installment of what can safely be called one of modernity’s greatest myths, for its tr...
12/04/2017
IV. Star Wars, Faulkner, and Kangaroos: On Myth

"The Last Jedi will be the latest installment of what can safely be called one of modernity’s greatest myths, for its treatment of these perennial themes has given it a universal appeal and, consequently, a formidable staying power worthy of mythic status."

http://columbialion.com/iv-star-wars-faulkner-and-kangaroos-on-myth/

The new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer has been out for months now, and fans—old and new alike—are still raving about it, once more submerging themselves in that paroxysm of fervent fan-boy antic…

Tonight's the night! Be sure to watch the Columbia Tree Lighting 2017 ceremony happening on College Walk today  from 6-7...
11/30/2017

Tonight's the night! Be sure to watch the Columbia Tree Lighting 2017 ceremony happening on College Walk today from 6-7PM.

If you're looking for a show to see, check out Miss Saigon US playing through January 2018.http://columbialion.com/dont-...
11/30/2017
Don’t Miss Miss Saigon

If you're looking for a show to see, check out Miss Saigon US playing through January 2018.
http://columbialion.com/dont-miss-miss-saigon/

Made by Meghna Gorrela, SEAS’20 If you took Music Hum last year, you likely remember going to the Met Opera to see Madama Butterfly. Currently, “Miss Saigon,” a musical based on …

In the city for Thanksgiving Break and wondering what to do in your free time? Check out Yayoi Kusama's installations! R...
11/21/2017
Lost in Infinity: Kusama’s Infinity Rooms Arrive in NYC

In the city for Thanksgiving Break and wondering what to do in your free time? Check out Yayoi Kusama's installations! Read what seniors Cindy Liu and Will Essilfie had to say about it.

"It was an memorable experience that is almost impossible to describe in photos alone."

http://columbialion.com/lost-in-infinity-kusamas-infinity-rooms-arrive-in-nyc/

Yayoi Kusama, With All My Love for The Tulips, I Pray Forever, 2012. Photo: Yayoi Kusama/Courtesy of David Zwirner, NY/Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/Shanghai/Victoria Miro, London   Running t…

Learn more about Dean Baquet, the Executive Editor of The New York Times in our Lion Profiles series.http://columbialion...
11/21/2017
Lion Profiles: Dean Baquet

Learn more about Dean Baquet, the Executive Editor of The New York Times in our Lion Profiles series.

http://columbialion.com/lion-profiles-dean-baquet/

Photo from The Daily Beast The Lion recently sat down with Dean Baquet, the first black Executive Editor of the New York Times. He studied English at Columbia from 1974 to 1978. In 1988, he won a P…

"Essentially, by trying to simplify the tax code, this bill would prevent all but the most wealthy of graduate students ...
11/20/2017
The Tax Bill Would Bankrupt Graduate Students and Halt Scientific Progress

"Essentially, by trying to simplify the tax code, this bill would prevent all but the most wealthy of graduate students from pursuing higher education."

http://columbialion.com/the-tax-bill-would-bankrupt-graduate-students-and-halt-scientific-progress/

Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson   Some of our loyal readers may have noticed this column has had an irregular publication schedule lately. This is because I wanted to give every…

"Indeed, there is a reason Aristotle’s Poetics has become standardized reading for many an aspiring filmmaker: today, ci...
11/19/2017
III. Playing God: On the “Essence” of Cinema

"Indeed, there is a reason Aristotle’s Poetics has become standardized reading for many an aspiring filmmaker: today, cinema has become the equivalent of the “condensed visual novel.”"

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In a society as fast-paced and demanding as ours, it’s no wonder that, given the opportunity to rewind, the average person would opt for a film pre-packaged with all those qualities the viewer know…

11/17/2017

Tune in to hear our Data Journalism panel as part of the Day of Data event!

Instead of a usual review, TD writes fifteen fragments.http://columbialion.com/fifteen-fragments/
11/15/2017
Fifteen Fragments

Instead of a usual review, TD writes fifteen fragments.

http://columbialion.com/fifteen-fragments/

Instead of a usual review, TD writes fifteen fragments. These are refractions of TD’s consciousness during listening. Judgments are to be interpreted as culminations of preceding, unwritten descrip…

Looking for a Broadway show to see? Read more about our writer's experience watching Anastasia The Musicalhttp://columbi...
11/09/2017
Anastasia: In Retrospect

Looking for a Broadway show to see? Read more about our writer's experience watching Anastasia The Musical

http://columbialion.com/anastasia-in-retrospect/

Christy Altomare and company of Anastasia. Photo Courtesy of Joan Marcus. When the long-anticipated Broadway adaptation of the cartoon classic Anastasia (1997) debuted under the bright light…

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